About the Authors

CLAUDIA PAGANO, RN, BSN, is a critical care nurse at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas, California. She was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in 1991 and immediately organized a lupus support group for Monterey and surrounding counties. Under her leadership, the group joined the Bay Area Lupus Foundation, which is a chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. She has been interviewed in local newspapers and magazines, and receives referrals from physicians and other health care providers who have lupus patients requesting information and support.

MARY MCCLURE GOULDING, MSW, and her late husband, Robert L Goulding, MD, developed Redecision psychotherapy, which they taught at their Western Institute and in many countries throughout the world Goulding is one of three women to be honored as a major presenter at all Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, 1985, 1990, 1995, and in Germany in 1994. She has published 6 books.


I want to thank.

The Salinas-Monterey and the San Francisco subchapters of the Bay Area Lupus Foundation, with special appreciation for those who shared their life stories with us. You are all very dear to me

David Wofsy, M.D.; Howard Press, M.D.; and Joan Barher, M.D. for their contributions to this book.

JO Dewhirst, director of the Bay Area Lupus chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, for her encouragement

Joen Fagan, who helped us master the Internet, and then wrote about it.

Karen Edwards, Ruben Free, and David Edwards for their moral support, helpful Suggestions, and computer labor.

And especially my children, Brian and Ruth, with hopes that they will he a bit in awe of their mother now that she actually is an author.

Claudia Pagano

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